The latest BIG Alliance Forum brought together a large and diverse audience from across the business, community and education sectors in Islington. A panel of experts presented on issues relating to social mobility and underemployment, as well as the impact on young people either in work or seeking employment.
The venue, kindly provided by MUFG EMEA at their Ropemaker St offices, was filled with 70 guests from across Islington businesses, schools, public sector organisations, local authorities and charities. Guests heard from keynote speakers, including:
- David Johnston OBE, Chief Executive of the Social Mobility Foundation
- Andrea Stark, Director of Employment, Skills and Culture, Islington Council
- Hamish Mackay, Youth Employment & Apprenticeship Manager, Islington Council
- Uchenna Offiah, local resident and Law graduate
- Chavaey Alexander-Waithe, Associate, Macquarie Group Foundation and Events, EMEA.
The forum ended with an engaging panel discussion with various ideas being explored, including earlier access to careers guidance for primary school children, more access from businesses to the world of work, making workplaces more comfortable and open to people of all backgrounds, and aligning HR and CSR strategies.
BIG Alliance looks forward to using these discussions as a catalyst to encourage more engagement between business and communities in supporting young people into fulfilling and sustainable employment.
The BIG Alliance has recently been seeking to direct all work towards addressing the three themes of Islington Giving: Investing in Young People; Supporting Families; Reaching Isolated People. Much of BIG’s current work already tackles these areas, but by applying a more strategic approach, BIG Alliance can ensure resources are directed to the areas of most need.
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